shot spotter http://michiganradio.org en Flint to use high tech tool to target gun crime http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-use-high-tech-tool-target-gun-crime <p>The city of Flint is turning to a new high tech tool to crack down on gun crime in the city.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The &quot;Shot Spotter&rdquo; system uses more than a dozen sonic sensors to pinpoint the location of where gun shots are fired in a square mile area. The SST system is already being used in more than 60 cities around the country, including Saginaw.&nbsp;</p><p>Company president Ralph Clark said the Shot Spotter system should help Flint police officers respond to reports of gunfire in the city.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Nov 2011 18:32:29 +0000 Steve Carmody 5040 at http://michiganradio.org Flint to use high tech tool to target gun crime Detroit Police want gunshot-sensing technology http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-police-want-gunshot-sensing-technology <p>Detroit Police say a technology known as &ldquo;Shot Spotter&rdquo; would help the department&rsquo;s battle against gun violence.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The department <a href="http://www.detnews.com/article/20111101/METRO01/111010520/1361/Detroit-council-delays-decision-on-gunshot-sensors">wants to use $2.6 million in federal money </a>to pilot the gunshot-sensing technology system.</p><p>Police Chief Ralph Godbee says it would be an invaluable tool in locating shots fired, and deploying officers quickly.</p><p>But City Council members, who must approve the project, were skeptical. Councilman Gary Brown questions Shot Spotter&rsquo;s effectiveness&mdash;especially since it won&rsquo;t include video.</p><p>&ldquo;According to the Department of Justice, this is an expensive piece of equipment for&hellip;the value that you get out of it,&rdquo; Brown says.</p><p>Brown also suggested the department doesn&rsquo;t have enough manpower to respond to all detected gunshots.</p><p>The Council delayed a vote on the issue until next week. Wed, 02 Nov 2011 01:32:25 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 4801 at http://michiganradio.org